There are many aspects of life that Americans miss from pre-pandemic times. Activities we took for granted, like eating in a restaurant, watching a live sports event or even our typical working lives.
However, one of the most pervasive aspects of pre-pandemic life that was not missed is mass shooting events. Gun violence was so high in the U.S.in 2019, it might be difficult to remember just how bad it was after a year in quarantine. Unfortunately, the reality of gun violence has made its way back into our headlines as many locations around the country have relaxed their lockdowns and re-opened portions of their economies and the daily activities of their citizenry.
Between March 16 and March 31, 2021, at least 20 mass shootings have occurred within the U.S. Stretched from California to Washington, DC, this string of violent encounters left 37 people dead and 89 injured in shootings that have taken place in office complexes, nightclubs, convenience stores, golf clubs, supermarkets, spas, and on a party bus. All these events, including the “storming” and eventual breach of the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6, 2021, have underscored the need for increased vigilance and added measures needed to survive and protect yourself against a mass casualty and violence situation.